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Top Things to do in Dublin

Mar 29, 2017


Last month I got to hop over from London to Dublin for a work trip, and I was excited to explore the city a bit. It was a quick trip, but the warmth of Dubliners was apparent from the beginning. Case in point, when I was at customs, the officer asked if I was there for work or for play. I told him both, and he asked who I was working with. I said Google, and then he asked who I was playing with. I blurted out, "Um, myself?!" and we both busted up laughing. For like, a good five minutes. After that was over, he told me to "drink the whiskey, because it's good." Seriously the best customs experience I've ever had. The pub culture is strong here—it's cold, wet, and rainy AF, so the art of boozing indoors is important. Here are some snaps from my trip (all shot on my Google Pixel phone! hashtag not sponsored), and some recs in case you're planning a visit to The Dubs.



Where to stay: I stayed at The Shelbourne, which is an absolutely beautiful hotel in Dublin. I didn't realize this when I booked it, but it's known for being a historic hotel there and the nicest in the city. It was gorgeous, and the service was wonderful.



I was in Dublin for a business trip, and it was fun to work out of Google's European HQ in Dublin for the week. It's a pretty large campus with several different buildings, and I got lost more times than I care to admit. But getting lost in a new Google office is how you find the funnest stuff, like a pub called "The Shaven Yak" and a conference room that looked like The Old Library from Trinity College.


What to See:
  • Guinness Storehouse. Of course, if you're in Dublin you have to do the Guinness Storehouse tour. I don't even like beer but I found it really interesting. The tour is really well done and most of it is self-guided, except for one part where they lead you through a tasting. Don't miss the level with all of the Guinness advertising—when I first heard there was a floor all about Guinness' ads, I wondered why anyone would want to see that. But the marketing geek in me ended up loving it; I had no idea that Guinness' ads were so progressive and ahead of their time. After the tour, enjoy a pint of Guinness (or take two sips and call it good, like I did) up at the top of the building with sweeping views of Dublin. If you like booze, the Jameson Distillery sounded really fun to, but was closed for renovations while I was there.
  • St. Patrick's Cathedral. St. Patrick is a big deal in Ireland—they even get St. Patrick's Day off as a holiday! Check out the beautiful cathedral and learn a bit about Ireland's history here.
  • Marsh's Library. This very old library is right nearby St. Patrick's Cathedral, and it's only a couple Euros to visit. When you step inside you're greeted with the smell of old books, dating back to the 1500's, and many from The Enlightenment period. You're not supposed to take photos in there but clearly I did because I just couldn't help myself and I felt like Hermione was going to pop out at any second.
  • Kilmainham Gaol. Dublin's old jail is a super interesting and equally depressing place to visit. They do guided tours and I learned a lot about Ireland's history, as well as some very sad stories about the people who were executed there for political dissent. Also, for most of my trip I was pronouncing it in my head like a soccer goal, but it's actually "jail." Gaelick is confusing.
  • Trinity College and The Old Library. Take a stroll through pretty Trinity College and visit The Old Library for a great photo opp. You can view the Book of Kells here, a famous medieval script from the 9th century. The details in the decorations and paintings in this book are incredible and mind-boggling, and I could have stared at them for hours.
  • St. Stephen's Green and Merrion Square Park. Take a stroll through one of Dublin's pretty parks. 
  • Grafton Street. Cute shopping and boutiques.

Where to Eat:
  • Paulie's Pizza.  Known for the best pizza in Dublin, and a popular spot among Googlers since it's just around the corner from the office.
  • The Schoolhouse. Or really any other pub with good reviews on Yelp/Tripadvisor. My coworkers introduced me to the "Baby Guinness" here, which is a shot of Kahlua with Bailey's on top. It really does look like a wee pint of Guinness, but in my opinion it's far more tasty. 
  • Tea at The Shelbourne. For a fancy afternoon, enjoy tea at The Shelbourne. When I was there their desserts were themed around Michael Flatley paintings. In case you're blanking on who that is (like I was), he's a famous Riverdancer, and he makes his paintings by dancing across a canvas.
That's everything that I squeezed into my time in Dublin! If I had an extra weekend I would have loved to have gone outside of the city to visit Galway, The Cliffs of Moher, and Howth and the  pretty lighthouse there. 


A Taste of Spitalfields

Mar 27, 2017

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 Zara Coat and Top // Paige Denim Jeans // Topshop Flats // Kate Spade Bag

During our last night in London we got to experience something a little different than the usual dinner out in Soho. Have you heard of the new Airbnb Experiences? They've recently launched in a few cities like SF, London and Paris, and it's a fun way to experience something in a new city, led by a local expert. Since Omied and I are foodies, we chose a dining-related experience for our last night, but they also offer all sorts of creative experiences, including more artsy or sporty options. We went to A Taste of Spitalfields, which was held in a 300 year old building in Spitalfields that had a really interesting history. Our hostess Emma was absolutely lovely and I loved chatting with her and hearing about her experiences growing up a Londoner. She cooked up a beautiful four-course meal for a group of eight of us, and the dishes were all inspired by Spitalfields' rich history. There was plenty of wine flowing and it was a really fun way to meet other travelers and locals, and to learn about the building's history as a surgeon's operating room, antique store, greasy spoon diner for workers leaving the graveyard shift, and more. If you're planning your next trip and looking for something different, check out Airbnb Experiences to see if they're in the city you're traveling to!

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Thanks to Airbnb for hosting us on this experience!

Big Ben

Mar 20, 2017

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 Zara Trench Coat // Strom Jeans (c/o Convert Boutique) // Stuart Weitzman OTK Boots // Baublebar Choker (c/o)

What's more iconically London than Big Ben? Maybe a classic cream trench coat. I didn't own one before this trip, but you see them around at stores everywhere so it was easy to find one. They definitely make you look a bit more polished, and the belt pulls everything together, literally. ;) Now my only concern is making room for it in my luggage on the way home, since my bags were already over stuffed and this is one of two coats I've bought while in London...oops. The shopping here is just too good! Here's hoping that this tote bag will have some Harry Potter magic rub off on it and it turns into Hermione's bottomless bag from the seventh book. 

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